AC BOE to meet Thursday, resume budget talks

After the Anderson County Budget Committee rejected the school system’s request for $821,000 to balance its budget for the coming fiscal year, the School Board will meet Thursday, May 16th at 6 pm to continue their discussion from last week.

The Budget Committee last Thursday rejected the school system’s request for the equivalent of five cents on the tax rate in new money to make up the shortfall while also giving employees pay raises and addressing capital project needs like a leaky roof at Andersonville Elementary School and several others.

According to the Clinton Courier News, some of the suggestions bandied about by School Board members to find ways to cut a budget already described as “bare-bones” included possibly closing one of the system’s smaller elementary schools, or cutting programs like art and music. The paper reports that others suggested using money from the undesignated fund balance to make up the shortfall.

It was noted during the meeting that three years ago, the Anderson County Commission had agreed to pay a total of $1.2 million over a three-year period to pay for the schools’ 1:1 technology initiative that provides Chrome Books to students, but only paid for one year due to their own budget constraints. That resulted in the school system having to use $800,000 from its capital outlay fund to pay for the program.

County Commissioner Josh Anderson, a member of the Budget Committee, said on Facebook last week that he will propose using $810,000 from the county’s undesignated fund balance, which currently sits at over $4 million, “to pay the school system what we said we would pay for the chrome books.” He says that he would like to help out the school system without any further tax increases.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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